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June 2017 ‘An Agent Abroad’ winner, Golf enthusiast KALLAM CRAIGS from Chaka Travel, says South Africa’s Western Cape needs to be seen to be truly appreciated…

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Where to start! What a trip, what a country, what a dream! It’s an understatement to say the pictures don’t do South Africa’s Western Cape justice, it needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Our trip started in Cape Town, where we enjoyed the first of many fabulous dinners, at the Radisson Blu in the V&A Waterfront area. The V&A Waterfront is the perfect location to start a trip in Cape Town, with a wide range of top quality hotels, bars, restaurants and shops all with stunning views of the harbour and Table Mountain.

The next day we were eased into the ‘swing’ of things with nine holes at Hermanus Golf Club. It was a blue bird day, not a cloud in sight and about 26 degrees. The stunning backdrop of the Overberg Mountain Range left us gawking on every tee box.

After a delightful nine-holes we headed to Arabella Resort where we would spend the next two nights. Our arrival at the hotel defined African hospitality. We were greeted as we got off the bus by the hotel managers and hosts, around eight staff bearing welcome drinks, snacks, cold towels and most impressively an eight-piece band playing traditional African music on bongos and marimba’s.

The hotel more then lived up to the reception, a stunning property built into the side of a cliff meaning you arrive on the top floor and work your way down to the golf course and spa on the bottom floor.

Dinner that evening was as spectacular as the property itself, crispy confit pork belly followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb and a baked cheesecake to die for.

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